Keynote Speaker

RossDr. Ryan Ross, Dean of Student Development and Retention at Community College of Denver has been invited by the Loveland MLK Day Committee to deliver the Keynote on “Celebrating Diversity” to honor the memory and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Ross is a transformational leader and community and nonprofit advocate who is committed to equity, access, and transformation.   Dr. Ross demonstrates his talents and commitment daily as the youngest administrator and member of the Student Affairs leadership team at the Community College of Denver, where he serves as the Dean of Student Development and Retention.

In 2013, Dr. Ross was the honored recipient of the 2013 Mayor’s Diversity Award. The award recognizes Dr. Ross’ commitment to diversity, inclusive excellence, leadership and public service. He was nominated and selected by the Denver African American Commission (DAAC), one of the ten commissions of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships (HRCP).

In addition to the Mayor’s Diversity Award, Dr. Ross has also been recognized with the 2013 Swanee Hunt Individual Leadership Award through The Denver Foundation, and the 2010 Forty Under Forty Winner of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Ross has been in several leadership positions at Community College of Denver since 2003 and is president and principal of Stirred Up Enterprises, focusing on motivational speaking and educational consulting.  A community activist, mentor and advocate for human rights, Dr. Ross is a member of several local organizations including serving as co-chair for the Colorado Black Chamber Leadership Program.  A celebrated keynote speaker, Dr. Ross holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Innovation from University of Colorado Denver.

Established in 1947, the HRCP has a mission to proactively protect human rights, build capacities, and strengthen connections that result in stronger relationships in the community. As a commission of the HRCP, the DAAC is charged with advising Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock on issues or concerns that impact or are of importance to the African American Community.

We are honored to host Dr. Ross as our 2014 MLK Day Keynote Speaker.

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